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>> want to tell you the libyan government has condemned the attack in benghazi strongly saying it coincides with acts for those who seek to hamper democratic aspirations. thank you for watching everybody. i am megyn kelly. >> new questions on whether it was a targeted hit. topping the news today the united states ambassador to libya is dead along with three other americans after a violent attack on a consulate in that country. there are enormous questions who is responsible waudz it a planned terror attack? after wall it was on 9-11. who brings rocket propelled grenades to a demonstration. we will get into all of the new breaking details and very serious concerns in america and around the world. at the same time the president perhaps looking into the israeli
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government over differences of opinion in iran. the big and complicated picture coming up. it's all ahead as breaking news has changed everything on studio b. >> first from fox at 3:00 the deadly attack on the consulates in libya yesterday on 9-11 was a well planned commando style raid. coming to us from the chairman of the house committee commenting on the assault that killed a united states ambassador. he has been briefed on this matter and this could change a lot of things. it happened less than a year after people helped olivia took out moammar qaddafi. a mob of militants last night possibly members of an al qaeda group possibly stormed the building firing gunited states e firing guns and rocket propelled
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grenades. they climbed a wall of the compound appeared to meet very little resistance. in the early going one or two would run in and out then they got this flag. not a lot of damage done there. not alove the enormous cameras and this scene for the cameras. they burned and replaced it with a black islamic flag. the attackers in ghazi killed four americans. among them the ambassador chris stevens he was trying to escape at the time we are told. we are learning more about what may be motive. according to a member of the senate intelligence committee bill nelson say it could be attached to the killing of a top al qaeda leader. it may be because of an anti islamic movie that ridiculed mohammed. the initial reporting is one thing now we are getting into a bigger picture.
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one news organization is reporting the following. the bin gagain ghazi attack was planned and they used the movie and the protest as a diversion. secretary of state hillary clinton condemned the attack in libya. >> the united states condemns in the strongest terms this outrageous shocking attack. we are working with libya to secure our diplomats. my administration will increase the posts around the world. make no mistakes we will work with the libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people. >> this is an attack that should shock the conscience of people of all faith around the world. we condemn in the strongest terms this senseless act of violence and we sent our prayers to the families, friends,
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colleagues of those we have lost. >> the republican presidential candidate mitt romney also condemned the center lines. the governor also used it as an opportunity to criticize the white house. >> the attacks of libya and egypt under score the world remains a dangerous place and american leadership is still sorely needed. in the face of this violence america cannot shrink from the responsibility to lead. >> meanwhile the united states military officials tell fox news the pentagon is sending a team of about 50 marines in libya to begin helping with security. jonathan hunt has been working on the story since the break i guess last night during fox report. there seems to be a growing consensus. we were watching this last night, jonathan, people have shown up at a protest in one country not a lot was done. suddenly there are protests in another country and we start talking dead people. >> all of the experts are talking about this. in cairo at the embassy protest you appear to have a large
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relatively spontaneous mob unarmed a very, very different situation. first of all a much smaller group heavily armed guns and rocket propelled grenades planned from the beginning. they targeted a u.s. consulate not nearly the security the embassy would have had at the capital. people asked questions as to whether this was planned. there is increasing evidence that this was indeed a planned even targeted attack. the result the death of u.s. ambassador tore christopher stevens and two others. ambassador steven's last moments we are told he was taken to the hospital a doctor treated him and he died of severe smoke
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inhalation asphyxiation. we have seen those photographs. we are not showing them for the moment at least. i have also shown them to members of our medical a team, dr. seigel among them. he is looking at a still photograph but it's not inconsistent with severe smoke inhalation partly because of the coloring around the mouth. these are photographs you have also seen the photograph ambassador stevens had. >> we are not sure what happened yet. there's no way to know precisely what happened yet. with all of the information we have been getting it appears as we walk around new york city and you walked around your town yesterday on this 11th year remembrance of 9-11 that we were attacked on our soil, you are embassy is our soil. we were attacked on our soil and our envoy.
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that is starting to sound like what this story is. >> from what we are getting from all officials that appears to be the case. it appears increasingly that this was a planned attack officials telling katherine herrity they were planned even targeted. attempts to move today to beef up security at u.s. embassies and consulates around the globe. six embassies and egypt 7 in total have already issued warnings on their web site saying that they may well be the target of attacks asking all of the staff to take extra precautions. all of this of course trying to save the lives and protect the lives of people like ambassador stevens who wanted nothing more than to help the people of post gadhafi libya. watch this haunting video made by the state department when ambassador stevens was first
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being sent to libya. >> my name is chris stevens. i am the new u.s. ambassador. i had the honor to serve as the u.s. envoy to the libyan during the revolution. i was thrilled to see the libyan people stand up and fight for their rights. now i am excited to return to libya for the great work they have started. >> he returned to libya and his life was ended by this apparent targeted attack in benghazi, libya. like our troops our diplomats around the world put their lives on the looifrn ry day. >> everything that seemed weird yesterday now seems to be a big puzzle. we ju back in june the united states had taken out in a drone strike the number two of al qaeda, the most dangerous according to united states defense officials and security
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officials. the most dangerous in al qaeda we took out number 2 back in june. they went to ramadan never said anything. yesterday on one of the web sites they put out a video confirming that the united states or a drone attack had killed abu anas al-liby by. they confirmed this in a video on 9-11. maybe they didn't know where the video would end up, that it ended up on 9-11 might have been an accident or weird coincidence. instead hours later there is an attack on our embassy in libya and libyan ambassador killed. we have not had one die on foreign soil in more than 2 decades. crowley served as special assistant to president clinton for national security affairs. it feels as if this has grown in importance and overseas trouble.
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>> absolutely. i think we have recognized since the beginning of the hour of awakening as countries go through difficult transitions from dictatorships to democracies that there might be opportunities for al qaeda elements that are sympathetic with al qaeda take advantage of this may hem. it is a plausible that happened in benghazi. >> we know in a neighboring country we appeared to be an unnamed bunch. i heard people describe it it is almost like school children. you can't go past ehere. they would run and run back. one of them got the flag. they didn't destroy anything, didn't hurt anything. hours later a group of 20 heavily armed what was described to us as militants go in and
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just happen to be our ambassador and security guards. if it was a targeted hit by a nation's state that could be considered an act of war. >> let me say two things there's a difference between egypt and libya. egypt went through a soft landing in terms of transition.. every faction is heavily armed. they had guns and rpg's. that's not what you see on the streets of cairo. this is consist ten with the struggle we have been dealing with against 9-11. either the former affiliate or sympathetic supporters. we have recognized for a long time libya was one of those places where bin laden had a
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number of key lieutenants who came from libya aged t and the potential they woucriticizers we it from qaddafi and the government. >> this is from our correspondent katherine herri e herridge. we put information in our journalists have gotten confirmed. this is two intelligence officials not one source but two source quote this looks very coordinated like the big al qaeda attacks we see in iraq. katherine herridge sent this out the second wave of deadly attacks where our envoy was murdered where the ambassador was essentially. those carrying out the attack met with very dill sifrnt.
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thankly it isn't. >> embassies have been attacked in the past. they are very much our other terrorist target lists. this is a post conflict soles site, libya. everyone has weapons as i mentioned but you have a new government in power for weeks or months. you don't have the strongest in government. there is a police force under qaddafi. the police force was there to protect gadhafi. now you have police force to protect society. even with the rings of security around the consulate libya is a work in progress and it doesn't have the capacity it needs. we anticipated these kinds of bad days would happen in place
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of libya and tragically it took out our ambassador. >> paintballij thank you. a very serious porn follow see challenge. how does the united states respond? continuing coverage this is breaking news on fox news channel. and a choice. take advil, and maybe have to take up to four in a day. or take aleve, which can relieve pain all day with just two pills. good eye. three words dad, e-trade financial consultants. they'll hook you up with a solid plan. wa-- wa-- wait a minute; bobby? bobby! what are you doing man? i'm speed dating! [ male announcer ] get investing advice for your family at e-trade.
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>> the death of our american envoy overseas and it was due to some sort of intelligence failure. did somebody miss or ignore warnings? it might be early to get answers on this but it's not too early to ask the question. today president obama paid tribute to ambassador stevens. he was described as a career diplomat who cared deeply about his mission as well as the people of libya. >> especially tragic he died in
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ben sgl benghazi because he helped save the city in the post revolution. he was there with skill, courage and resolve he built partnerships with libyan revolutionaries and helped them as they planned to build a new libya. >> a short time ago the white house ordered flags to half staff. you can see the lowering there on top of the white house with respect of the four americans killed. foreign affairs to the front burner sadly they are political and this is an election cycle that has been dominated by domestic issues enter a real world crisis. ed henry is live at the white house. chief white house correspondent. what is your set of information on whether this attack was something random which no longer appears to be or something more targeted? >> i just spoke to a senior official they had information this was in fact a planned
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attack. this is the assumption within the obama administration. they are careful to note that they were early in the investigation they don't want to jump to any conclusions. in the security posture around the warorld on the 9-11. 9-10 they this security postures. they reviewed them in the wake of the anniversary and in the wake of potential attacks they felt good about it heading into the anniversary. they are now reassessing that no doubt. the president made it clear he is now expanding the security all around the world and is promising justice. >> we have mourned for more americans who represent the very best of the united states of america. we will not waiver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act and make no mistake justice will be done.
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the president went over to the state department making it clear that the white house is grieving with them. he went on to las vegas for a campaign event. he is still on his way there now air force one. it was a scheduled event. republicans criticizing that. romney went on with his fundraising which he already had planned before this as well. >> if this was a targeted attack on an american official an american soil that happens to be overseas you would think there would be a new posture of the white house if they support that. >> no doubt about it. i shouted a question to the president. he didn't answer mine. i asked do you believe this was an act of war? as you say you have four americans killed on essentially american soil on foreign territory. it is an american ground there within the embassy grounds or
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within the consulate grounds. the president didn't answer that. he said justice will be needed out, what that means whether there will be military response after all of this investigation is done. as you mentioned all of the facts coming in are very troubling. in his remarks the president said he will be working with the libyan government to get to the bottom of all of this. there are reports after he moved to the consulate of the second building which is deemed to be more safe. the libyan security forces may have tipped them off as to where they were and they were killed after that. that raises more questions about a coordinated attack and whether some of the libyan security forces were in on it. >> we will wait for news to develop. ed henry at the white house. we will go to the pentagon in a moment where we are getting new information from sources we will get reaction from capitol hill and the campaign trail.
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>> there's another foreign policy problem brewing as well. israel's prime minister benjamin netanyahu appear to be at odds about what to do with iran's nuclear program. cracked with the united states's relationship with israel. did the israeli prime minister go to another channel. we want be sure what's happened here but will work to get do the bottom of it. this is studio b. nice to have you.
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>> source at the pentagon telling fox news 50 marines are in route to libya to help secure the diplomatic building after yesterday's planned attacks although we cannot confirm that. southern spain to the libyan
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capital tripoli. the state department asked the be pentagon to send military transport planes to libya in the event they have to evacuate dead or wounded u.s. citizens. wow, jennifer griffin is at the pentagon at this hour. what is the u.s. military doing in the wake of the attack on benghazi? >> we can confirm a u.s. aircraft landed in libya. it is expected to take off any time now with the four dead as well as wounded in the benghazi attack. we expect that to happen any time. it is not clear whether they will be brought to the u.s. or brought to another military hospital in route. there are no u.s. personnel left in the consulate in benghazi. a house now being guarded by local libyan release. 50 marines will not be going to the site of the attack in
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benghazi. they will stay in the capital to protect the embassy. >> in a world where everyone can post on-line to the world, jennifer, we are now faced with this guy in florida, this quote, preacher, unquote, who has a congregation of much less than 40 it is my understanding who put a video on-line apparently really, really disparaging the prophet mohammed and inflaming at least part of the world. that may not be the reason the attack on the ambassador happened but it has contributed. the top u.s. general has called this guy in florida. his name i don't want to use because i don't believe he deserves any attention. >> this pastor in florida not the first time he was threatening koran burnings. at that time robert gates asked him to please not burn the koran
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because there were so many u.s. troops on the front lines in in afghanistan who could be harmed. now we have learned general martin dempsey joint chief of staff called the pastor and spoke briefly with him this morning. and we are told by the colonel the spokesman for dempsey asking him expressing his concerns over the nature of the film. this film called "muslim innocence" the tensions it will inflame and the violence it will cause. general dempsey asked this pastor in florida to consider withdrawing his support for the film. i am told the pastor was noncommittal. general dempsey concerned about the 74,000 u.s. troops in afghanistan. the taliban is already threatening to attack americans because of this 15-minute film that was placed on youtube. the afghan government has blocked the youtube site so people cannot view that
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15-minute inflammatory film. possibly in egypt they are doing the same. concerned about the inflammatory film placed on youtube. >> jennifer griffin at the pentagon. intelligence office the defense secretary's office. the consulting firm in dc. this is a whole different thing we were reporting on here last night on fox report. >> it is, it is. it is a horrible day to mark the 9-11 anniversary. >> the fact that we have been able to gather this far it would appear to most obserme type of . you wonder how high this rises and what sort of response will be appropriate or necessary here. >> what we are seeing is the war on terrorism is not dead. the administration is saying we don't have a war on terrorism, bin laden is dead so the game is up. the reality that is not the facts on the ground.
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you and i have talked many times in the past year and a half. this is about sunni islam and shiite islam having a kissism. this is part of that. you see al qaeda or al qaeda affiliates making a plan they want to mar the memory of 9-11 for americans. really what i found to be stunning the state department when secretary clinton came out today i thought she made a nice statement and in the q and a she said it was confusing this would happen. the u.s. had invested so much in libya. that gets at the heart of this here. do you have strength internationally because of your diplomacy or do you have strength because of your willingness to use force because you have to. that is unfortunately we are two months from an election in the u.s. that is a core question how is the u.s. going to represent an interest abroad? >> i think we talk about sunni and shiite it goes over your head and it's not something everybody knows anything about.
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the fact of the matter is one of those has a belief that the 13th i am n imam hasn't come back. that would be like the second coming. >> what will cause that to happen is there is going to be a huge them verses us war of some kind. the 13th imam comes back and sets everything right. there is a side of this that needs something big. to suggest they want something big is not outside of the realm of what's true. >> no, absolutely. that's why at the broader level we are worried about the proliferation of nuclear weapons. you are talking about a region of the world where the level of violence and level of discord respect for freedom of speech or freedom of the press those values aren't there. i used to live in the region. i have been there for the military on several deployments. i also lived in turkey. the turkish people are wonderful and warm. the reality is there are
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challenges in the various interpretations of islam. >> something worth googling. mike barrett, thanks again. a new warning from secretary of state clinton. she said the deadly tax is a start of a whole waive of sweeping violence in the region. . eggland's best eggs. better taste. better nutrition. better eggs. it's eb. or annuity over 10 or even 20 years? call imperial structured settlements. the experts at imperial can convert your long-term payout into a lump sum of cash today.
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>> there are numerous reports suggesting this may have been a planned attack linked to somebody most likely al qaeda in libya. the attacks acured after the
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terrorist group leaders called to seek revenge. they had a video on 9-11 saying the drone strike did kill the guy but he was killed back in june. they acknowledge it on the same day the attack happened. the death of that leader was the biggest set back for that branch of al qaeda since the united states killed osama bin laden. adding to that the embassy 11 years to the day of the 9-11 terror attack. the intelligence committee the florida senator bill nelson calling for immediate investigation for any al qaeda link. he joins us from capitol hill. what does intelligence suggest to us? >> well, shepherd i don't know the intelligence yet but we know what you just said that all of a sudden this number one guy in al qaeda that replaced bin ladenal
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zawahri puts out a video that was timed for release monday night. monday night late. then the attacks occurred the next day, and in this video sits the death of this number two back in june, the death of number two in all of al qaeda his name is al libi. he was a libyan. the number one al qaeda guy says libyans should attack americans. now the coincidence of the timing is extraordinary. in our investigation into this we obviously need to find out if that is a link or is it a separately planned attack that was merely co incidental. >> if this was a revenge attack
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and if there is any state involvement, then what? >> well, then the united states will have to deal accordingly. the likelihood is there wasn't state involvement. this was the excitement of al qaeda of its followers if that's what proves to be true. without a state involvement, and of course we will continue to keep going after the leadership of al qaeda. remember just a few days ago the newspapers reported that the number two al qaeda leader in yemen was taken down. so the progress continues on taking down and dismantling the leadership of al qaeda. >> in a vacuum thousands of miles away, senator nelson, would you agree that it seems outside the realm of possibility that the same day the united
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states was attacked by al qaeda, the same day that somebody released a video saying yeah, you killed our guy, that they would be able to 20 guys with an rpg be able to get to our embassy and aassassinate our em ambassador? >> well, we don't know the answer to that, but that is certainly a coincidence that needs to be explored, or it is possible since the video had been obviously filmed sometime before, that it was all coordinated with the al qaeda operatives. we will have to see if it comes out. these guys are fairly good planners and they love to have this kind of revenge stuff that is going on. this is what we are going to have to find out. >> whether it was they or others somebody was able to get in our embassy take out an al qaeda leader and they were going to retaliate and nas nate or at
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least murder our ambassador. sir, is there a sweeping over hall or at least a sweeping review of security with these installations around the world now? >> clearly security has to be increased. this is the first loss of an ambassador since the 1970s. we cannot allow our people to be harmed in this manner. >> senator, good to see you. we will follow up on the investigation. thank you. >> a man who went over there and helped them save that city. a man who helped the libyan people who were rising up against their own government saver the city of benghazi. that's what he was there for. he said it was the proudest thing he has ever done that he wanted to help the people of libya and they murdered him. secretary of state hillary clinton expressed quote serious concern that the violence in libya and protests in egypt could spread across the middle east. she talked about the potential
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really spreading around the world. because of that secretary of state hillary clinton said today the state bedepartment cranked security at diplomatic facilities around the world. >> there may be more time later to reflect but today we have work to do. there is no higher priority than protecting men and women that have served. >> nit is not only the united states's responsibility it is also the job of the host nation which can be very complicated especially a place that recently emerged from a year long civil war and no one is entirely sure who is in charge of what. wendell, libya is a rocky place it may be an under statement of the day. >> what complicates things is the many militias in libya who worked together to take down moammar qaddafi but don't see
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eye to eye on a lot of things. as you say diplomatic security, diplomatic installation, primarily the focus of the host country but in this case you have a libyan government that is simply not strong enough to take the militia's weapons away. topple a security isn't as strong as that as an embassy anyway. the consulate in benghazi it's a house no marine detachment. they make clear it does not effect the u.s. libyan relationship. >> this was an attack by a small and savage root, not the people or government of libya. every where chris and his team went in libya in a country stared by war and tyranny, they were hailed as friends and partners. >> ambassador stevens and the other three who were killed had gone to the consulate to try and
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evacuate american and libyan workers after the protests turned violence -- violent. >> what is the level we know this sort of violence spread verses this is a one-off as secretary clinton mentioned by a small band of bad bodes. >> there is concern. they ordered tighter security at the u.s. diplomatics around the world. he personally appealed to afghan president hamid karzai to maintain calm there and afghanistan's propensity to viacheslav lens insult oh islam. there was a demonstration police using tear gas and rubber bullets to protest at the u.s. embassy. no reports of casualties. the tone nearbyian government did protect it there. there were protests in libya and cairo coordinated. those responsible for the killings in libya will be brought to justice and officials say the libyan government is
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working with us on that. wevend dell goaler secretary of state. >> an emerging foreign policy is emerging today. we will have continuing coverage of the security concerns around the world. this is studio b at fox news channel. in america today we're running out of a vital resource we need
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>> continuing coverage in the death of four americans in libya. joining us now the former state department official christian white ten consulting firm dc international advisory. good to see you. i guess an investigation begins now and you have to tighten security around the world. >> yes. it is looking very bad. we have had a number of attacks. this isn't the new thing in libya either. it fits the pattern. which is why secretary clinton's remark it is a small isolated band may not be true. in june the u.k. ambassador in libya was attacked diplomats attacked last month u.s. diplomats attacked last month now our ambassador killed. it fits the pattern of violent jihad around the world and
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especially in libya. >> if this was an assassination if it was a targeted hit as it now appears what's your sense of what the next move is? >> the next move frankly is both parties in washington need to wake up and smell the global jihad. we have have been carrying on as if they are the main enemy. certainly they are a main enemy. the terrorists you sees a band guard of political movement the islamic political ideology. it has many facets to it. >> doesn't this have a lot to do with sunni and shiite and their own issues within their own religion and our being up in the middle of it all? >> i don't know necessarily. also in libya, sunni country it is sunni and frankly islam mists. they have been doing pretty well politically. there are factions within islam and islam that need to be regarded. often times they can agree the i
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say almostists not all muslims but the violent jihadists can agree they want to vaj violent jihad against democracies and western countries. >> should there be a time where we reconsider whether countries that are in such turmoil whether we offer ambassadors under these sorts of circumstances? >> traditionally, you know, as commentators have said a lot depends on the local guard and do you have a couple of layers of defense at the embassies. you have u.s. marines but they are at the bigger embassies. they are to guard the compound. you have the diplomatic security service part of the state department. the state department in house secret service to defend ambassadors. they can only do so much against armed mobs. in p places where you have complete breakdown of security cust merrilly you close the embassies or cut them back to a small staff where the ambassadors don't travel around so much.
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>> much more on the victims of this assassination or on those who died in libya. we will get to that and the rest of the day's news in a moment. oh no, not a migraine now. try this... bayer? this isn't just a headache. trust me, this is new bayer migraine. [ male announcer ] it's the power of aspirin plus more in a triple action formula to relieve your tough migraines. new bayer migraine formula. wthe future of our medicare andr electiosocial security. for... man 1: i want facts. straight talk. tell me your plan... and what it means for me. woman 2: i'm tired of the negative ads and political spin. that won't help me decide. man 2: i earned my medicare and social security. and i deserve some answers.
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>> this happened in the united states embassy in libya is bringing new swipes on the campaign trail. i reported earlier the republican candidate mitt romney called the administration's initial reaction to the attack quote disgraceful. earlier paul ryan strongly condemned the murders while in wisconsin. he he can quoed governor romney's criticism that the white house showed weakness. >> we don't want a world where adversaries are so tempted to test us and allies are worried about trusting us. that is unfortunately the path that we are on right now.
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i really worry about that. >> now president obama's campaign is firing back. a spokes marne accused the governor's campaign of making a political attack during a time of tragedy. what's the latest from the president's campaign? >> romney issued a statement chiding the administration for not first forcefully condemning the attacks and instead sympathizing with the attackers. that engaged this response from the owe bam paw campaign. we are shocked at a time the united states of america is confronting the tragic death of one of our diplomatic officers in libya governor romney would choose to launch a political attack. romney stood by his initial comments. >> i think we ever hesitate when we see something which is a violation of our principles we express immediately when we feel the president and his administration have done something which is inconsistent with the principles of america. >> he stood by the comment and built on it in that conference as well. >> is the romney using this to
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make a broader statement? >> well, you know, he has been criticized for having a lack of foreign policy experience. you have to wonder about the objects of that thrown together essentially a press conference this morning. he was flanked by flags he was standing at a podium. you have to wonder if they were going after something that looks like a presidential press conference. he took questions and during that talked about the presidential foreign policy. >> as i have watched over the past three and a half years, the president has had some successes. he's had some failures. it's a hit or miss approach. but it has not been based upon sound foreign policy. >> while he certainly has not had the same kind of experience the president has he says he has a three point plan for turning things around politically around the world. >> shannon. thanks. we will have continuing coverage of the attacks through out the day in studio b. we will be right back. ♪
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>> here's the chain of events as they appear to be coming into play from yesterday's attack in libya. first there was a video which came out late in the evening early morning on tuesday under which al qaeda was admitting their number two guy had been killed back in june by the united states. in that they asked the people of libya to attack the united states. hours later, an attack on our embassy and our ambassador is now dead. jonathan hunt has been covering it from the beginning. none of it made sense yesterday. the video didn't make sense. now it's here. >> we talked before about how these videos can sometimes have a coded message. you look at that, the video comes out on monday the attack happened tuesday. they didn't think we need to plan an attack. perhaps that video was the go signal. it's something officials are going to be looking at. >> i am sure they are. that investigation has begun. john hunt we
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